Hermione has a background in nursing, midwifery, counselling, palliative care and training and is the founder of Living Well, Dying Well. She has worked internationally and lived in Japan for four years, where her book Gan No Serufu Hiringu, a self-help guide for people with cancer, was published. She is passionate about care of the whole person – physical, emotional and spiritual – and about upholding dignity and self-determination at every stage of life. She pioneered the End of Life Training in the UK.
Anna is an independent educationalist, producer and professional development leader. Having started out as a secondary school teacher she has 30 years experience as a producer of creative arts collaborative projects in schools and NHS hospitals, most recently in intensive care or end of life settings. Anna trained with LWDW as a EOL doula in 2010 and now teaches on the LWDW courses. See www.annaledgard.com
Ninon van der Kroft
Ninon is an End of Life Doula and death educationist. Trained as a social worker with over 30 years' experience, she worked at St Christopher's Hospice in London, assisting patients and loved ones. She works in the community as a companion to the dying, breathing life into conversations about death, empowering people to explore their fears and beliefs. Ninon is an experienced facilitator, teaching nationally and internationally about how we navigate intimacy at end of life.
Aly Dickinson trained with Living Well Dying Well, practises as an End of Life Doula and has been involved in the facilitation of our courses. She was instrumental in setting up End of Life Doula UK, the membership association for Doulas and those who have trained with Living Well Dying Well. Aly is the link person between the two organisations and manages our Facebook and Twitter accounts. She lives in Devon, accompanied by 3 cats and 30 patio plant pots!
Awi has a background in teaching, Forest School Leading and Training. Other life experiences as a carer, massage therapist and doing psychotherapy training have contributed to her understanding and holding of people and their families at end of life.
She trained as an EOL Doula with LWDW in 2014 and is now an EOL Doula in Totnes in Devon, also developing Death and Dying community events. She sings with a Threshold Choir.
Tracy Jack is currently employed as a palliative care social worker. She has previously worked in mental health services, residential care settings and alcohol services. She has a particular interest in working with the spiritual and psychological aspects of dying and death and is studying for an MA in Death, Religion & Culture.
My background includes a Bachelor of Arts Social Work (Australia) and I am a trained Funeral Celebrant and End of life Doula. Working in a hospice as a complementary therapist, and more recently in a hospital spiritual and pastoral care team, has helped shape my understanding of the healing gifts death and loss can bring. The LWDW training programme provides an opportunity for connection, sharing and healing for both the individual and wider community. This is lifelong learning and it is an honour to be part of the training team.
Hi! I live in Edinburgh and currently work in a combination of roles, including as a Private Client solicitor, co-Director of Solicitors for the Elderly in Scotland, Worship Leader, Bereavement Support volunteer at the local Marie Curie hospice and Board member for Colinton Cottages (a supported living community). I also conduct funerals, love singing, baking, and most of all, my 4 beautiful children.
Katrina www.katrinataee.com has a background in nursing. Later in life, she trained as a Psychosynthesis Counsellor and became a volunteer counsellor at Thames Hospice alongside running a private practice for 17 years. She has always been particularly interested in grief and end of life work. She is the author of Surviving The Tsunami of Grief, her first book.
I’m a qualified end-of-life Doula since 2018. My background work is in alternative therapy, from working with coaching and empowering people, to bodywork and energy healing. My passion is to hold space with great love and care for people as they transform in life and in death. I hope to be a shining light and to bring some joy and peace to all.
I am a Person Centred Counsellor, Trainer, Supervisor, Reiki practitioner and End of Life Doula with experience of working in a variety of contexts including life limiting illness, palliative care, end of life and bereavement. I feel privileged to accompany and work at relational depth with individuals, couples and families at such an intimate time in their lives. I feel passionate about enabling others to plan and have choice around living and dying well.
Dr Deborah Kelly
Deborah is an Arts Psychotherapist and teacher. She has worked in palliative and end of life care as a nurse, shiatsu practitioner and psychotherapist for the past 20 years. She established and facilitates two palliative care projects, working with nature, myth and the rhythm of the seasons and believes passionately that death and dying are part of our communal lives. She is also a professional celebrant.